The rallying cry of “Community” fans, “Six seasons and a movie,” seemed to have been cut short when the series was cancelled after its 5th season. It was a tough ride up until that point, with season 4 abandoning creator Dan Harmon, but bringing him back in season 5 only to lose Chevy Chase and Donald Glover. However, like Greendale Community College itself, the series continues to survive just by a matter of luck and love, as it has been picked up by Yahoo for its sixth season.
The new season will last 13 episodes, and will keep Dan Harmon and producer Chris McKenna on the team. Returning to the cast will be Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash, although Jonathan Banks may not be returning, due to conflicting obligations.
Yahoo has previously stated plans to create its own comedy series, though the most it’s offered so far are a few short “comedy” clips and video reports on some articles. How they will stream season six of “Community” has yet to be seen, though the series’ online popularity compared to its televised ratings would suggest that taking the show to the net would be the best way to capture its audience.
Dan Harmon stated, “I am very pleased that ‘Community’ will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, ‘Big Bang Theory.’ Look out, ‘Bang Bus!’”
We have our six seasons, so once it finishes airing, all that remains is a movie, then the fans will be satisfied. We’ll still want more, of course, but satisfied nonetheless.